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Rolston: Lack of production hurts

Brian Rolston of the New York Islanders reacts

Brian Rolston of the New York Islanders reacts during the hockey game against the San Jose Sharks. (Oct. 29, 2011) Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Brian Rolston currently is 78th in NHL history with 1,227 games played, so there haven't been too many nights in his 18-year career like Tuesday night, when he was a healthy scratch for the first time as an Islander.

He understands why he sat out though -- even at 38, he was expected to contribute more than the four goals and four assists he has now.

"Obviously, I haven't been producing," Rolston said Tuesday afternoon. "I think [the coaching staff] lost a little bit of confidence in me early in the season, but the bottom line is, you've got to produce."

Rolston was thought to be a good fit on the Isles' power play, with his big shot. But he didn't do enough there in the first month of the season and was bumped to second-unit duty. He's been playing lately with Josh Bailey and Matt Martin in more of a checking role, not well-suited to his game.

"I've tried to be solid defensively, not be a minus player," he said. "And we haven't been getting many power plays. There's a few factors there, but I take full responsibility for not producing more."


Staios back in, Reese sits

Steve Staios returned to the lineup Tuesday night after being a healthy scratch for the final five games before the All-Star break. That meant a two-week break for the veteran defenseman, something he wasn't accustomed to. Dylan Reese was the healthy scratch among the defensemen Tuesday night.

"You never really want to count the days, you just try to stay ready," Staios said.


Reasoner skating

C Marty Reasoner (broken thumb) joined the team on the road trip and skated Tuesday morning. He's still roughly two weeks away from being ready to return.

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